The Five-Cross Files

Female families… patterns of inbreeding… sire line nicks… what really influences the strength of a Thoroughbred pedigree? How do conformation and class factor in? The Five-Cross Files explores bloodlines old and new, analyzes Thoroughbred pedigrees, tests breeding tools, and simplifies the science (and art) of successful Thoroughbred breeding.

July 2008 - Posts

Is This a Broodmare?

A mare might be a perfect fit for one breeding program but not for others. How exactly does one determine if a mare is a "broodmare quality" Thoroughbred?... Read More

Yearling Season Starts Ominously

Fasig-Tipton July numbers are worrisome for breeders with yearling offerings later in the season. Also, a look at the progeny sales results of my colt's sire and broodmare sire.... Read More

Eating for Two

Nutrition for your broodmares makes a huge difference in their foals' development. How confident are you in your feed regimen?... Read More

Dear Memories

For a Thoroughbred breeder, few things are more exciting than watching a new crop of yearlings tearing across the field in youthful rivalry. But not everything is always as it seems.... Read More

Domino Delivers

It might be fiction, but this story's equine details are terrific. Think War Admiral ... Blue Larkspur ... and a Domino-line sire. Thoroughbred pedigree fans, you don't want to miss this.... Read More

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